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787 Lansing Street, Utica, NY 13501
315.732.8381
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Meal and Atmosphere

Spent a snowy night in Utica to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary and ventured out to Venturas. With the nasty weather we did note several small groups having Christmas parties. My meal was Veal Piedmont else that was beautifully presented and was delicious as well. My wife had the Chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2014
Bob and Joan
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Oneonta
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Really enjoyed the older style elegant atmosphere with the great large round clothe draped tables with mini lamps and 1950's style chairs. The owner welcomed us at the entry & we were prompted seated. Our waiters service was alright & the food was very delicious.

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Oneonta
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31 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Spent a snowy night in Utica to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary and ventured out to Venturas. With the nasty weather we did note several small groups having Christmas parties. My meal was Veal Piedmont else that was beautifully presented and was delicious as well. My wife had the Chicken Francaise and it came out less than lukewarm and sent... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Waiter (a guy) was very erogant! He had been there a long time and thought he was the greatest stuff! Has worked for the family for several years! Didn't fill out waters-up just left our glasses dry and had to ask several times. On top of that he didn't bring-out our bread righ away and was very slow at bringing-out... More 

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Ithaca, Ny
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We ate at Ventura's last night after riding the Polar Express train. It is an upscale Italian restaurant, but they did not flinch when 6 adults and 3 children walked in dresses as Elves! The food here is fabulous- the ravioli were beyond belief- both in alfredo and in vodka sauce. The caesar salad was excellent. Everything was fresh and... More 

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Utica, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I love Ventura's and have gone there several times over the years-but not enough! I would give 4.5 stars if possible. The food is great, and the atmosphere reminds me of a classic movie. I love that Italian vibe from the post WW II era. Such a treat to go there and be pampered in an old fashioned manner. Don't... More 

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Utica, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Old school Utica Italian vibe and it's great staff make every visit a great time. We go 3 or 4 times a year. Owners and bartender remember us and treat us well. Food is very good , perhaps a bit pricey but worth it. We aren't Italian, but feel like we get the true Utica experience when we go there.

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Barneveld, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

One of my absolutely favorite restaurants. From great authentic Italian food ( which they will adapt any dish to your specifications), wonderful staff who open the doors for you and thank you for coming in, to decor that reminds you of the good old days of true neighborhood restaurants, this is the restaurant that makes people say, " you cannot... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The service here is excellent. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. Venturas has a extensive menu with a wide variety of Italian dishes to choose from. The food was very tasty everyone enjoyed there meal and there were no complaints. You leave the restaurant full. The restaurant is in a area of town that seems a little... More 

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Oxford
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Every time I am in the Utica area I make it a necessity to stop at Ventura's. Their food is rich in flavor and their sauce is fabulous! You can even buy a jar of it on your way out. I enjoy their broccoli and hats, Haddock Marinara and their salad with their Italian and crumbly blue cheese dressing. A... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I traveled to this location back in the beginning of August and was very impressed with the selection. The food was very fresh, well prepared, and I definitely left on a full stomach. Even though I don't travel to upstate NY as much, when I do go back, I will find the way and time to return. Excellent job all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 787 Lansing Street, Utica, NY 13501
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Utica
  • Phone Number: 315.732.8381

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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